re Absolute FreeBSD

Ted Mittelstaedt tedm at
Fri Dec 14 20:49:21 PST 2007

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> From: owner-freebsd-questions at
> [mailto:owner-freebsd-questions at]On Behalf Of jekillen
> Sent: Friday, December 14, 2007 4:33 PM
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> Subject: re Absolute FreeBSD
> Hi:
> I have the book and am reading it. It suits me, in that docs and
> man pages can be intimidating and hard to translate into some
> thing useful (for me). The one thing about books like this is
> that there are a lot more in the way of theory and tutorial
> practice. I could not expect anyone to give me specific
> instruction on the situations I encounter and have to engineer
> my way through, but analogous tutorial, or at least vaguely
> comparable descriptions can prime the inductive and deductive
> logic process. I work alone, as a hobbyist and spend a god awful
> lot on fat paperbacks. The investment is worth it to me. And
> the Lucas books hit the spot. I am reading about NanoBSD.
> That is the first time I heard of it.  I started with FreeBSD 6.0
> and the books up to that point, including the first Absolute
> BSD only covered 5x, so I am anxious to get up to current
> status. True, as some of the responses to this subject have
> said, at some point you  would or should grow beyond needing
> to have books at hand. But with webmastering, hostmastering,
> learning shells, postmastering, general system admin, programming,
>   there is A LOT  of ground to cover. To cover it all fast enough and
> be good enough not to need a book occasionally, I think is a little in
> the realm of delusion.

Your always going to need a book - the difference is that as you
get more and more experienced, the books you need end up being
the man pages, info documents, other documentation the developer
sees fit to write, postings on mailing lists and newsgroups,
articles, and of course, the source itself.

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